Thursday 23 March 2017

Streep nominated for Thatcher role

Meryl Streep has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award
Meryl Streep has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award

Meryl Streep's portrayal of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher has been nominated for a prestigious acting award.

The star is one of five actresses shortlisted for the outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role award by the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG).

She is up against performers including Tilda Swinton, for her role in We Need To Talk About Kevin, and Michelle Williams who is recognised for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn.

Other talent recognised in the award nominations, chosen by the members of the US-based actors' union, include Kenneth Branagh who played Sir Laurence Olivier in the Monroe biopic.

English actresses dominate the shortlist for the outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or mini-series, picking up three of the five nominations.

Dame Maggie Smith is recognised for her role in ITV1 costume drama Downton Abbey, Oscar winner Kate Winslet gets a nod for Mildred Pierce and Emily Watson is shortlisted for her part in the Fred West drama Appropriate Adult.

The awards are handed out at an event in Los Angeles on Sunday January 29.

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